Full of unique metal décor and machinery, the Gardner Knives workshop located at the Jam Factory precinct at Seppeltsfield Winery, feels like a movie set. But knife-maker Barry Gardner is the real-deal! As well as taking custom orders for bespoke knives, Barry holds knife making workshops.
The first time he saw a hand-made knife 30 years ago he was hooked – and his passion is now his profession. Regularly getting orders from all over the world, he’s even made a knife for Prince Charles.
Working at the forge where temperatures are 2100 degrees Barry is known as ‘Asbestos Hands’ because he can literally take the heat.
It can take Barry anywhere from half a day to a week to make a knife – and pretty much any metal can be used. Recently a client brought in her granddad’s old shotgun from 1910.
However Baz’s steel of choice is Damascus. Damascus steel is made by bonding multiple layers of iron and steel together, creating flowing patterns on the blade. No two are the same and they are truly unique.
During these days of mass-manufacturing – it’s great to see someone who puts time, heart and soul into their craft.